Forest Whitaker is Daniels’ titular butler in question, Cecil Gaines, who thanks to a 34 year tenure as butler at the White House, was witness to historical events inside the presidential palace, serving more than eight American presidents.
You’ve got to have a big cast on hand to cover the political and social events that span from 1962 to 1986. The Butlerfeatures some well-known actors in high profile roles including Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Melissa Leoas Mamie Eisenhower, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, and Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Not to mention the cast of Gaines’ family, friends and political activists played by Oprah Winfrey,
"Precious" director Lee Daniels efforts to recapitulate — through the real-life eyes of a lone, stolid White House butler — pretty much the entire twentieth century as it related to the American Civil Rights Movement. With a cast list that reads like a flat-out roll call for the Walk of Fame, Daniels presents the working life of Cecil Gaines (real name: Eugene Allen), a man who served eight consecutive U.S. presidents during his career and witnessed history being made first-hand.
The first trailer for "The Butler" has now been released, and boy oh boy are we impressed with all the acute caricaturing going down here ... and all the feels we feel.
Forest Whitaker leads the cast as the apolitical Mr. Gaines, a man whose directive is to ghost around the Capitol without putting in
The Oscar-winning actor and comedian was photographed on the set of "The Butler" wearing a bald cap and make-up, which transforms Williams into Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States. (Williams' street clothes are decidedly anachronistic and not part of the film; check out the photo below.)
Directed by Lee Daniels ("Precious" and the upcoming film "The Paperboy"), "The Butler" focuses on Eugene Allen, a White House staffer who served eight presidents during his life, including Eisenhower. Forest Whitaker is set to star as Allen (a photo of Whitaker in character recently debuted online), with Oprah Winfrey playing his wife and John Cusack (as Richard Nixon), Jane Fonda (as Nancy Reagan), Alan Rickman (as Ronald Reagan), James Marsden and Minka Kelly (as John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy) filling out the sprawling cast. Actress Melissa Leo is listed on IMDb as Mamie Eisenhower,
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Daniels -- best known as the director of "Precious," but also the man behind the cuckoo bananas-sounding "The Paperboy" (the movie where Nicole Kidman pees on Zac Efron) -- has assembled an all-star cast for "The Butler," which focuses on Eugene Allen, a White House staffer who served eight presidents during his life. Forest Whitaker stars as Allen, with Oprah Winfrey playing his wife and John Cusack (as Richard Nixon), Jane Fonda (as Nancy Reagan), Alan Rickman (as Ronald Reagan), Vanessa Redgrave and Terrence Howard in the cast as well. James Marsden and Minka Kelly are rumored to play John and Jackie Kennedy, while Melissa Leo is listed on IMDb as Mamie Eisenhower. (IMDb is a
The ABC special — watch it here — featured the revealing interviews that historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. conducted with Mrs. Kennedy just four months after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as well Sawyer’s interview with Caroline Kennedy, who revealed why she opted to release the tapes to the public now.
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